Happy Birthday Alexej von Jawlensky!! Russian born painter who relocated to Germany, this artist was born in 1864. He entered the Moscow military academy when he was 18 and also studied art at the St, Petersburg Academy of Art. In 1986 he moved to Munich and after exploring various styles of painting he found his true calling in brilliantly colored landscapes and human heads. Considered an Expressionist, Jawlensky is considered the only artist to create art with a meditative quality. His mature work featured simple forms; stylized faces, in strong colors such as the one pictured here.